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Do you check your gas for CO?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by tna9001, Apr 2, 2021.

Do you check your gas for CO?

  1. Yes

    19 vote(s)
    22.1%
  2. No

    64 vote(s)
    74.4%
  3. What's CO?

    3 vote(s)
    3.5%
  1. tna9001

    tna9001 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Asheville NC USA/Roatan
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    Hello All,

    There are a lot of very unlikely events that can kill you while diving and many of them are error chain type events where a mistake leads to another and so on. CO in your gas on the other hand is deterministic, you can check before you dive if your gas is good or not. CO analyzers are expensive $400 or so and have a limited sensor life so for someone diving a few times a year it's an expensive safety check. I'm curious how many of you all check your gas for CO?
     
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  2. CuzzA

    CuzzA Percoidea Wetwork for Hire ScubaBoard Supporter

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    What is the statistical probability someone would get a fill with elevated CO?

    I don't own an analyzer, DAN is not the least bit concerned from the conversations I've had with them. I can't recall off the top of my head a CO scuba fatality.

    So no, I don't test. But I'm basing this on Florida diving. In another country, with sketchy compressors, I might consider it.
     
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  3. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
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    When pumping from my aged compressor, I have in-line monitoring... Prior to that, I have never tested from shops I have used or destinations I have traveled to..
     
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  4. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    6,613
    2,665
    I test almost 100% of the time.
     
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  5. Julius SCHMIDT

    Julius SCHMIDT Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Alexandra Headland
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    Never.
    After multiple dives with an operator, 100s, and him having purchased a meter and deciding testing was to become his latest thing, I stormed off the boat!
     
  6. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
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    What's wrong with him testing tanks for CO?
     
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  7. tna9001

    tna9001 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Asheville NC USA/Roatan
    70
    28
    Thanks for the replies. I should add, I'll be diving almost exclusively out of the US.
     
  8. tna9001

    tna9001 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Asheville NC USA/Roatan
    70
    28
    I'm not tracking, what are you saying?
     
  9. tna9001

    tna9001 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Asheville NC USA/Roatan
    70
    28
    What device are you using? I've got the Palm CO in the cart at Dive Gear Express.
     
  10. tna9001

    tna9001 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Asheville NC USA/Roatan
    70
    28
    I'll be diving almost exclusively out of the US. I wonder how reliable statistics are with CO-related casualties? The diver and tank would have to be recovered with the tank still having gas in it then, the gas in the tank would have to be tested for CO. I'm sure in the US if there was a fatality and the diver was recovered and there was air left in the tank it would be tested. I wonder if an autopsy would detect CO poisoning?
     

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